New Requirements to Inert Gas Systems

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IMO Amendments Coming into Force on 1 January 2016

One of the amendments coming into force in January 2016 is the SOLAS amendment to require inert gas systems on board new oil and chemical tankers of 8,000 dwt and above. DNV GL has outlined the situation, the consequences for tanker operators and concluded with "Best Practice" recommendations.

Though inert gas is still mentioned any kind of oxygen free gas the use of nitrogen is benefitial.  The use of exhaust based inert gas is a known source of contamination. In order to reduce cargo handling time at terminals, it is proposed that owners specify that inerting shall take place before commencement of unloading. This implies that nitrogen is the only acceptable inert gas medium.

It is therefore proposed that chemical tanker owners specify that the inert gas system on board shall be of nitrogen generator type with capacity of 125% of the unloading rate. 

We will be prepared for the new requirements with our compact and customised Nitrogen Generation Systems for Chemical and Product Tankers.